In recent years the international world of sport has become increasingly tainted by a wide-range of problems. In spite of recent progress in the promotion of good governance, stories of corruption, fraud and a lack of integrity at the core of sports organizations continue to make headlines on a regular basis. The McCain Institute shares SIGA’s belief that a cohesive effort is needed to restore trust in the sports industry, and are therefore proud to be one of the organisation’s founding members.

An area of particular concern to the McCain institute is the scale of human trafficking at major sporting events around the world. There are several deeply embedded trafficking issues that require urgent action. Building new stadiums, for example, can lead to the exploitation of workers’ rights, and in some cases can facilitate the opportunity for the development of sex trafficking hubs. Sport can also be used as a tool for human trafficking whereby young athletes are approached by unscrupulous individuals and then trafficked to other countries under the guise of a purported sports contract. The McCain Institute, in partnership with SIGA, has taken its important first steps to combat these problems on an international scale. The SIGA Universal Standards on Good Governance specifically address the need for sports organisations to put in place and implement policies to address societal issues in sport, including violence, discrimination, trafficking and abuse of children and young people in and through sport, and negative environmental impact.

We believe it is vital that all stakeholders are educated on the problems. Therefore, the joint project with SIGA is aiming to raise awareness of human trafficking problems and encourage a unified effort to secure child safety all over the world. Together with SIGA, we are bringing together experts in this field to create action plans to eliminate this dark side of sport.

To join the McCain Institute and SIGA in their efforts to reform world sport, please contact [email protected].

Emanuel Medeiros speaks at the Second Annual Human Trafficking Symposium’s Leadership in Action panel with Cindy McCain